Best Madness album poll

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So will The Liberty of Norton Folgate' replace Rise and Fall in the bands catalogue as the ultimate moody/downbeat Madness album ?

Quite possibly.

The team up with Rhoda Darkar is very special.

mark e, Friday, 1 May 2009 08:34 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Yeah, much better than this old fanboy expected. Negatives: a bit relentlessly midtempo throughout; choruses mostly take easy way out (not unheard of in older days, but not as ubiq).

But arrangements & production is spot on, and damn how good the Barson piano feels to hear. And the unexpected Bollywood (?) break in the title track is hilarious and also promising; I believe these guys could do londonworldmusic decently.

Amusing myself with guessing songwriting credits (bought from emusic, so I've no physical copy). Anyone got the answers?

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 18 June 2009 21:08 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

keep moving is a lot better than i ever remembered.

f*cking love the appearance of general public in victoria gardens which i have now realised is the lost madness gem

mark e, Monday, 30 April 2012 20:19 (eleven years ago) link

You know, I have a couple of Madness albums here I acquired quite cheaply a few years ago, and it's occurred to me that I haven't given any of them a real deep listen yet. Must rectify that.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 00:30 (eleven years ago) link

eight years pass...

i totally agree re the result of this poll : R&F is by far the best Madness album.
however .. the cover.
it is somewhat troublesome.

mark e, Thursday, 25 March 2021 23:39 (two years ago) link

I keep flipping between R&F and Keep Moving.

anecdotal certainly but not nothing (stevie), Friday, 26 March 2021 10:00 (two years ago) link

I assume you refer to the brownface in particular, mark? That indeed looks quite off now, even (or especially?) considering that all the figures are intended as stereotypes of sorts. The corresponding song is also a bit, uh, "hey I went to India and I hated it".

anatol_merklich, Friday, 26 March 2021 19:51 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

They're back with a so-so live record. But after a quick listen -- Norton Folgate is still incredible (and underappreciated?).

The succeding albums are okay, but "Never Knew Her Name" is an incredible lost track

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 23 November 2022 14:51 (six months ago) link

I need to check out Rise and Fall. I've got the Complete and Utter compilations and they're excellent collections, but I would like to give their albums another chance.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 23 November 2022 15:30 (six months ago) link

How Can I Tell You and Powder Blue off Oui Oui are both fantastic songs as well. They're on the studio working on a new album right now. Norton Folgate is a stupidly brilliant record - vinyl reissue on the horizon.

his cartoon heart expands, then he relaxes by smoking crack (stevie), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 15:36 (six months ago) link

IMHO Rise & Fall and Keep Moving are their best albums (maybe Norton Folgate is their equal too).

his cartoon heart expands, then he relaxes by smoking crack (stevie), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 15:37 (six months ago) link

But you can't fuck with any of the first run tbh

his cartoon heart expands, then he relaxes by smoking crack (stevie), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 15:37 (six months ago) link

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